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My life was interrupted about 2 weeks ago with the announcement that my brother Shane was getting married.
He and his wife Rhonda and their 16-year-old daughter Jazzy had driven out from Manitoba and arrived just a few days before. They were staying with my father and the visit was going great. Shane and Rhonda have been together for 32 years. They met as teenagers and have never been separated since – they were married by time and life.
My brother Maurice decided to come for a visit as well. He was flying out from Ontario. He would be arriving in a few days and staying for a week.
I wasn’t there for this; but the discussion was along the lines of “When were we (the siblings) last all together?” The answer – My wedding – 18 years ago! Shane started joking around and commenting that maybe they (he and Rhonda) should get married. Rhonda looked at him and said maybe they should – and she wasn’t joking!
They called me looking for the name of a Justice of the Peace! What do I know about JP’s? A lot more now than I did then! LOL!
For the last two weeks I have been wedding planner, photographer and chief cook and bottle washer! It was all worth it! The wedding went beautifully; the weather co-operated, all most everyone who was invited made it; and the bridal family was radiant!
So this last Sunday, Aug 17, ten days after the decision was made, Shane and Rhonda were married in my backyard. Only family was there, about 20 people but it was a wonderful day.
Rhiannon – the Stevie Nicks Project
I am waiting for the arrival of the yarn and beads to start this project! I will be working with Sexy from the Buffalo Wool Co. The colourway is called Rhiannon. I love working with this yarn. I had an idea of the effect I wanted and Ron Miskin dyed it to my specifications.
The crystals for the shawl I already had some and then bought more of from Mad About Ewe. These are 3mm Czech Crystals, about the size of the 8/0, 24K gold dipped Delica’s that are on the way from Fire Mountain Gems!
I am so excited – I can hardly wait to start this project!
This poor shawl still doesn’t have a proper name! I love the yarn and the look so far – the yarn is really a pleasure to work with. The simple pattern on the body show cases the hand-dyed yarn and the subtle colourway that the edging is knit with really allows the lace pattern to shine!
Pearls Beyond Price
Friends who really know what you like are fabulous! Yesterday I received an absolutely wonderful gift. It was totally unexpected and I was so totally wowed!
My friend Susan brought me some Vintage knitting books – lovely old pieces with wonderful pictures. I especially love the “Service” patterns.
But the Pearl – the best – was the Swedish Mitten Book, Traditional Patterns from Gotland – the Lark edition – Printed in 1984! Written by Inger and Ingrid Gottfridsson – it is basically a rewrite of a long out of print book from 1925. History and pictures and stories about the significance of the patterns used on the sample mittens. Thank-you Susan!
This last Sunday there was a “Super” Moon. A moon at its closest orbit around Earth. It was perfect evening for pictures, clear and balmy. We went down to Departure Bay and I set up my new tripod with my camera and waited!
I hope that you enjoy the show! Watch as the moon comes up over Newcastle Island and the ferry goes by. I love the brilliant orange ribbon of colour across the bay!
Stevie Nicks is holding a Design Competition. I think that it is calling my name. More later.
Dreams – sometimes they can be very demanding!
A couple of months ago I designed and knit a shawl for Koigu out of their new yarn Koigu Lace. The shawl was for Koigu Book #6.
Koigu Book #6 is now out and I can share the some pictures. Both my pictures and the shots from Koigu’s magazine shoot!!
Koigu Lace is just a bouncy and vibrant for knitting as the original Koigu.
I hope that you like it!
This Morning at Piper’s Lagoon was incredible!
Come for a walk along the beach and around the point at Piper’s Lagoon. Wander through the long grass along the shore and look up and marvel at the gnarled trunks of the Garry Oaks.
Gaze across the Georgia Straight and be moved by the beauty of the earth, sea, mountains and sky. The contrasting colours and textures – the pale blue of the horizon that shades up to the deepest blue of true sky. The sparking waters, reflecting the light of the sun, gleaming, moving with the wind. It is a beautiful walk.
Finish off the walk by dancing across the waves on a Butterfly’s Wing. It will be a wonderful experience!
Enjoy your walk
……Has a squirrel stood still while I focused and aimed the camera – usually I am trying to catch up to them as they are darting away! Squirrels are skittish. They like to be up in the trees scolding, and throwing pinecones!
Yesterday morning at Planta Park this squirrel and I bonded over a pine cone breakfast – his breakfast, not mine! This was one happy, placid squirrel. Tom, Sophie and I weren’t even six feet away when we noticed each other!
The squirrel was dining on a pine cone, and it must have been good! We could see the squirrel thinking about taking off – but then – he settled down and started eating again – and all the while I was taking pictures. After a couple of bites and maybe a dozen pictures – enough was enough and he took off, but moved only about 15 feet away and started in on the pine cone again. Fabulous!
This was a local brown squirrel, small and obviously very secure. I was very happy to see him as the black squirrels have been moving in and taking over. They are bigger and more aggressive, not good neighbours for the brown squirrels.
The squirrel was the highlight of this walk!
I hope that you are having a great weekend.